In the early afternoon on their first day of the summer school the students were given a guided tour of the city by our Activity Coordinators, but not before they had an opportunity to meet their tutors and new classmates, using the time to get to know a bit about each other and their courses.

Within no time our students were ready for the tour of their new home, as they very excitedly gathered up and set out for their historic tour in the continued heat. As they headed out with our Activity Coordinators they were quickly shown the hidden gems Oxford has to offer and where they might like to visit independently later during their stay. A highlight for many was when our staff, most of whom are students at Oxford University, were able to take students to see inside their colleges!

Later it was time for the famous Oxford Scavenger Hunt, allowing them to have some fun whilst applying their knowledge of their new home. The majority of points were given for speed and correctly answering questions surrounding Oxford’s history and the buildings they had seen earlier in the day. Bonus points were given for the best ‘graduation’ photo, complete with mortarboards, outside the Sheldonian Theatre, the university’s graduation hall, as well as the student who could run around the Radcliffe Camera the quickest.

After a busy day of classes, tours, scavenger hunts and building friendships our students were treated to their first restaurant dinner, followed by a trip to local favourite G&D’s ice cream cafe, something that was thoroughly enjoyed by all!